Games of the Week for Dec. 3-4

Happy Friday fans!!!  It was a bit of a busy week in the West.

The first game this week was Wed. night when LaSalle Vipers hosted Lambton Shores Predators.  The Vipers have had a bit of a rough go lately, with injuries piling up and a short bench.  The Predators took advantage and won the game 6-3.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Harrogate scores twice in loss to Predators

The LaSalle Vipers twice led the Lambton Shores Predators, but a four goal third period allowed the visitors to skate away with a 6-3 win Wednesday night at the Vollmer Centre.

Predators forward Drew Marlatt opened the scoring less than four minutes in, but Brendan Harrogate scored twice to give LaSalle the lead. Harrogate now has 11 goals in 15 contests, and all but one have come in multi-goal games.

Sean Ross scored a power play goal to even things up, but Daniel Beaudoin beat Andrew Harriman-Duke to restore the Vipers lead heading into the second intermission.

However, the wheels would come off in the third period as the Predators scored four unanswered, including an empty netter with less than a second remaining to secure the win.

Due to a pair of injuries and two suspensions, the Vipers were once again forced to play below the roster limit.

Paolo Battisi stopped 34 in the loss while Harriman-Duke made 34 saves for the win.

It was Lambton Shores first victory over the Vipers since 2012, snapping a streak of 12 straight losses to LaSalle.

Prior to the game, Vipers forward Graham Pickard was presented with a gift from Joe Schmoe’s Eats N Drinks for earning November Player of the Month.

The Vipers next contest is Sunday night in Chatham when they take on the Maroons. Game time is 7 pm.

 

The other game on Wed. was London Nationals hosting Sarnia Legionnaires.  The Legionnaires have not been the same team since having their season opening streak ended.  Sarnia took a 7-2 beating at the hands of the Nationals.  Story from SarniaSports.com

Sarnia Legionnaires Lost in London

http://www.sarniasports.com/News/2014/Dec/14.html

The Legionnaires dropped a 7 – 2 decision in London on Wednesday night against the Nationals.

London scored 3 in the first period and 4 in the second and Sarnia scored their goals in the third by Cody Trowell and Davis Boyer.

Scoring for London were Murray Justin, Kevin Madden, Brent House, Andrew Kim, Matt Bean, Colin Wilson and Drew Worrad.

Sarnia outshot London 43 – 34.

Hunter Johnson made 27 saves for Sarnia and Justin Tugwell made 40 saves for London.

Both sides went scoreless on the power play.  Sarnia had four opportunities, London had six.

 

Thurs. night was a busy night with 3 games.  The first game was Leamington Flyers hosting London Nationals.  The game featured newly acquired Nationals John Warren from the St. Thomas Stars and Rai DiLoreto and Callum Ruddock from the St. Marys Lincolns.  The new Nats made it a close game, but the Flyers pulled out a 3-2 win.  Story from C. Scott Holland.

Flyers Nip Re-Loaded Nats

For many in the GOJHL, the mystery of where several former St. Thomas and St. Marys players would end up ended on Thursday evening. The London Nationals were the ones who landed the “big fish” so to speak. The Nationals acquired Rai DiLoreto and Callum Ruddock from St. Marys and then added some firepower in the signing of John Warren from St. Thomas to the team.

All three were dressed and in the lineup Thursday night when the Nationals paid a visit to Leamington.  The game featured very few penalties and both teams’ lineups were affected by suspensions, injuries and school commitments.
The Flyers led 1-0 before both sides traded pairs of second period goals.

It was a back and forth game and it wasn’t until the final minutes of the opening period when the Flyers broke the scoreless deadlock. At 18:06, Cale Phibbs set up Colin Moore who blasted a shot past Nats’ starter Justin Tugwell, who turned aside 14 other attempts in that frame. Leamington counterpart Michael Barrett handled 9 London chances.

That Flyers’ lead was short lived as the Nats roared right back at 3:25 of the second period when newcomer Di Loreto found Warren, who unleashed a drive past Barrett to knot the contest. However, the Flyers jumped to a 2-1 lead several minutes later when rookie William Stadder, a call-up from the Essex 73s Jr. C club, got lots of help from another call-up Cody Schneider and Flyer regular Thomas Virban. Stadder’s tally was his first Jr. B goal.  But the ever-tenacious London squad came right back at 14:20 when Austin Kemp netted the handiwork of Kevin Madden.

Yet the Flyers remained just as hungry as the Nats, and at 16:07 of the second, Colin Moore, along with Blaine Bechard, aided Zach Guilbeault who bashed the puck into the London net for a 3-2 lead that would hold up until the game’s conclusion.

Leamington had two powerplay chances in the third while London had one, but neither side scored with the man advantage.

As the contest entered its final minute, London pulled Tugwell for an extra-attacker but the tough Flyers’ defense kept the Nats off-balance and hung on for the 3-2 victory.

NOTES:  The Flyers were without Eric Henderson (injury), Mitchell Amante (suspension) as well as Kyle Perkowski and Alex Friesen. William Stadder and Tyler Scott were APJs for Leamington while Cody Schneider was an APM …In addition to Rai DiLoreto, Callum Ruddock and John Warren, London also used Zack Weir as a back-up goalie, who took the spot of Logan Ferrington. Not dressed for London were: Andrew Kim, Troy Taylor, Trevor Dulong, and Michael Woolley.

Leamington’s schedule is a bit hectic as they play in Lambton Saturday night then travel to St. Thomas for a  Sunday night game.  They then play a home and home with Chatham, Thurs. Dec. 11 and Sun. Dec. 14. Next Thursday’s game is the Flyers’ annual Teddy Bear Toss night. All fans are asked to bring a Teddy Bear or other stuffed animal (in a plastic bag would help) to the game and toss it onto the ice when the Flyers score their first goal.

 

The second game on Thurs. was Sarnia Legionnaires hosting Chatham Maroons.  Both teams have been inconsistent lately, yet they’re still holding 2nd and 3rd place in the standings.  The Legionnaires held on to a 5-3 win.  Story from Sarnia Observer.

Goalie shines in Legionnaires win

http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/12/04/goalie-shines-in-legionnaires-win

Goalie Hunter Johnson was the hero Thursday as the Sarnia Legionnaires edged the Chatham Maroons 5-3.

The acrobatic netminder made an incredible 65 saves to post his 14th win of the season. Just 24 hours earlier, he had allowed six goals on 18 shots while dropping a decision to the London Nationals.

“It was really big (to rebound in such a fashion),” Johnson said. “I’ve been struggling the last couple of games.”

He added the 65 saves were “the most I’ve had in a while. They (Chatham) throw tons of pucks at the net and go for rebounds.”

Johnson felt his biggest stop came on a two-on-one break in which he got across in time to rob one of the Maroons.

Sarnia head coach Dan Rose said, “Johnson had his best game since he’s been here. He was the player of the game. He was so focused, right from the start. He got his butt kicked last night (in London). He showed a lot of character (by coming back so strongly).”

With the win, the Legionnaires improved their won-lost record to 20-8, good enough for second place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey standings, seven points ahead of Chatham and four back of the front-running Leamington Flyers.

The Legionnaires fired 32 pucks on goal, including a couple on unsuccessful breakaways.

Riley Babkirk opened the scoring in the first period, finishing off a pretty three-way passing play with Davis Boyer and Cody Trowell. He now has 15 goals on the season.

Jay Clarke made it 2-0 heading into the first intermission.

Jordan Fogarty set the play up, sending a backhander wide, then retrieving the puck behind Chatham’s net before centering it out to Clarke, who made no mistake. For Clarke, it was his sixth of the year.

With Sarnia head 2-1 in the middle stanza, sniper Ryan Vendramin got on his horse, roared around two defenders and beat Maroons goaltender Bo Bessette with a low shot on the stick side. He now has nine goals in 17 games since rejoining the club.

Boyer got his first of two unassisted tallies early in the final frame, finding an opening while standing at the side of the cage. Later, he sent a 180-foot drive into an open Chatham net for his 19th of the year.

Brennan Feasey had two goals for the Maroons and Steven Szekesy one.

The Legionnaires were missing three players to injury, including captain Nathan Mater. And Tyler Prong left the game after crashing into the boards.

Attendance at the Brock Street barn was 1,346.

Sarnia returns to action next Thursday when it hosts the St. Marys Lincolns. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.

 

The last game this week was a rare St. Thomas Stars Thurs. home game when they hosted St. Marys Lincolns.  The Stars doubled up on the Lincolns 6-3.

The Lincolns opened the scoring with a goal from Ocean Check at the 5 min. mark of the game.  St. Thomas’ Jordan Babb tied the game at 9:24 of the first period, and it would remain dead locked at 1 for the rest of the first period.

In the second period, Stars rookie defenceman Carson Moniz scored on the power play to give St. Thomas a 2-1 lead.  Babb scored his 2nd of the night 51 seconds later for a 3-1 St. Thomas lead.

The Lincolns did not give up though.  Leading scorer Jake Alkins scored on the power play 39 seconds after Babb’s goal to make it 3-2.  Evan Krassey would tie it for the Lincolns at 10:11 of the period.  Unfortunately, the tie was short lived as Adam Truax gave St. Thomas the final lead of the game, and scored the winner, just 9 seconds later.

In the third period, St. Thomas goals were from Jay Dekker and Carson Brookshaw.

The game doesn’t appear to have been too rough, but there were 2 checking from behind calls made on St. Marys.  I’ve notice in their games, there’s a lot of those calls.

Nikolas Dampier earned the win for the Stars, making 27 of 30 saves and improving his record to 8-11-1.  Andrew Masters took the loss for the Lincolns, making 35 of 41 saves, and his record is now 2-15-2.

 

Here are your standings after this week.

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Leamington 27 22 5 0 44 .815 117 65 642 12-2-0 10-3-0
Sarnia 28 20 8 0 40 .714 134 104 522 13-2-0 7-6-0
Chatham 26 16 9 1 33 .635 114 86 525 8-6-0 8-3-1
Strathroy 27 14 13 0 28 .519 106 100 539 9-4-0 5-9-0
London 28 13 14 1 27 .482 91 88 550 8-4-1 5-10-0
LaSalle 26 13 13 0 26 .500 103 95 635 8-7-0 5-6-0
St. Thomas 25 9 14 2 20 .400 80 89 421 6-6-1 3-8-1
Lambton Shores 26 8 15 3 19 .365 81 123 671 5-6-1 3-9-2
St. Marys 26 2 22 2 6 .115 47 127 528 2-10-1 0-12-1

 

 

Coming up this weekend

Friday, December 5

St. Marys Lincolns vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, December 6

Lambton Shores Predators vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Strathroy Rockets vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Sunday, December 7

Chatham Maroons vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

St. Thomas Stars vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:30 Timken Centre

 

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s game.  This is the first trip of the Maroons to the WMMA this season, and they’re currently on a 3 game skid, since head coach Tyler Roeszler took over, and the Rockets are playing great hockey over the last 6 weeks.

I hope you all have a great weekend and make it out to a game or 2.

 

*Photo Credit to Anne Tigwell.  Photo taken from Legionnaires Facebook page.

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